UCLA spring camp notes: Myles Jack practices at kick returner

» Myles Jack worked a bit as a returner on Monday, and yeah — it’d be a ton of fun to watch the linebacker toss his 6-foot-1, 231-pound frame around on special teams in a real game. Don’t hold your breath, though.

“If he’s doing that, he’s just messing around,” said head coach Jim Mora, who expressed surprise that Jack had been returning kicks. “Myles has to be moving out there. So if there’s a drill he’s not involved in, he just goes and gets involved. I didn’t even know he was taking reps back there. He’s not on the depth chart as a kick returner.”

And given UCLA’s depth there, putting Jack at further risk of injury seems foolhardy — no matter how thrilling the potential highlights.

In addition to No. 1 returner Ishmael Adams, the current rotation on kick and punt returns includes safety Jaleel Wadood, receiver Jordan Lasley, receiver Devin Fuller, running back Craig Lee, receiver Kenneth Walker, safety Randall Goforth and receiver Aaron Sharp.

» Not much has changed in the ongoing quarterback race. Josh Rosen, Jerry Neuheisel, Asiantii Woualrd and Mike Fafaul each took a share of reps today, and none of them did anything that seriously upset the perceived pecking order behind center. Continue reading

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Jim Mora declines further comment on Soso Jamabo’s arrest

UCLA is staying mum on the status of five-star signee Soso Jamabo, a top recruit who was arrested in Texas this weekend for evading police.

Asked about Jamabo on Monday, Bruins head coach Jim Mora declined to comment on whether or not the arrest would impact the running back’s ability to join the program.

“At this time, I can’t expand further on the comment that we already made,” Mora said. “It just wouldn’t be fair for me to do so. I don’t know enough.” Continue reading

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Troy Aikman donates $1 million to UCLA’s new football facility

Former UCLA and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman has made a $1 million donation to the Bruins’ new football facility project, pushing total fundraising to more than $54 million.

The Wasserman Football Center, which is budgeted at $65 million, will now include the Troy Aikman Strength and Conditioning Center in honor of his contribution. The facility is scheduled to break ground this fall.

“UCLA holds a very special place in my heart,” Aikman said in a statement. “As you go through life, it is common to be defined by the company you keep. I’ve been fortunate to be associated with two outstanding institutions. In many eyes, I’ll always be a Dallas Cowboy, and I’m extremely proud of that.

“By making this contribution to UCLA Football, It’s clear that I am, and always will be, a UCLA Bruin as well. My time at UCLA helped mold me into the person I am today, and I want the Bruin student-athletes that come after me to have the same opportunity I had to achieve their boyhood dreams.”

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Five-star running back Soso Jamabo arrested for fleeing police

Mugshot of Soso Jamabo, UCLA's five-star signee, who was arrested early Sunday morning for evading police in a vehicle. (Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office)

Mugshot of Soso Jamabo, UCLA’s five-star signee, who was arrested early Sunday morning for evading police in a vehicle. (Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office)

Five-star running back Soso Jamabo, who signed with UCLA in February, was arrested early Sunday morning for fleeing police in a vehicle.

Jamabo posted a $7,500 surety bond on Sunday afternoon, and was released from Kaufman County Jail. Online records had showed that Sotonye Josiah Jamabo was booked at 1:28 a.m. CT on multiple charges, including minor possession of alcohol and speeding, but he is now only facing one charge — evading arrest with a vehicle, a state jail felony under the Texas penal code.

“We are aware of the reports out of Dallas regarding Sotonye Jamabo,” a UCLA spokesperson said in a statement. “We are obviously concerned about these reports and are currently gathering more information. As this is a continuing process, we will withhold further comment until the appropriate time.”

The Plano West star was arrested by Kemp police, approximately an hour southeast of the high school. A since-deleted picture uploaded onto Twitter showed that Jamabo, 18, may have been attending prom.

Kemp chief of police Robert Walker said in an emailed statement that Jamabo was driving a Ford pick-up truck that exited Highway 175-East at approximately 7:20 p.m. Saturday night at a “high rate of speed.” Continue reading

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